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I am an evolutionary paleontologist interested in the origin of major lineages, their adaptations, and the interplay between ecological and geological processes in large-scale evolutionary radiations throughout the history of life. I use a combination of specimen-based research, phylogenetic methods, and mathematical modeling to study how geologic and intrinsic biologic processes influence macroevolutionary dynamics in the marine biosphere.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History and a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution).

To contact me:

Email: dwright@amnh.org

David F. Wright, PhD

Gerstner Scholar and Lerner-Gray Fellow

Division of Paleontology

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th St.

New York, NY 10024

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“I salute the echinoderms as a noble group especially designed to puzzle the zoologist.” –Libbie H. Hyman (1955: p. vi)